Pathway to a Canadian High School

Pathway to a Canadian high school through Sterling College in Victoria, BC, Canada

Succeed and Excel in Canadian High School

Whether you are interested in studying at a Canadian high school for a semester or graduating with the BC Dogwood Certificate, we can support the process and give you the best chance of success.

For 15 years, Sterling College has worked with Victoria and area school districts on behalf of our international students. We place students in more than 30 excellent schools in Victoria, Saanich or Sooke. Each has its special strengths and character: we take care to match each student with the school that provides the best overall experience for them.

We also represent two independent schools in Victoria, Glenlyon Norfolk School (for boys and girls) and St. Margaret’s School (for girls).

Support for high school students, peace of mind for parents

Living and studying in Canada is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for your son or daughter, and you want to know your teenager is in the best care. Our Teen Support Program ensures your teenager is safe and well-cared for and that they’re doing well at school and in homestay.

We keep you up to date with your son or daughter’s progress while they study at a Canadian middle or high school in Victoria, BC, Canada. Namiko, our dedicated support person, keeps in touch with your child, their host family and their school, and reports back to you regularly.

With a minimum three month registration, the program includes:

  • High school selection and registration (if required),
  • Custodianship, and
  • Year-round support for parents and teen:
    • Orientation to Victoria, homestay and Sterling College
    • Class reports, transcripts and school updates
    • Assistance finding hobbies, clubs and extra-curricular activities
    • Identification of study issues and scheduling of tutoring if needed

Homestay Program

We match your son or daughter with carefully selected Canadian families who can provide a safe, comfortable and supportive home-away-from-home. Homestay can be arranged for as short as two weeks, or for long term placements while students go to high school. We have our own full-time homestay coordinator and all families have been carefully screened before being included in our program. Visit our Homestay Program page for more information.


Students under 17 years old must have a custodian or guardian while in Canada. This is someone who can sign on the parents’ behalf to give the student permission to do certain activities or to attend excursions. The custodian is also legally responsible for the student and is called on in emergency situations.

For a monthly fee, the owners of Sterling College act as personal Custodians for students attending our school or placed by us in a high school. See our Pricing page for more information.

Your Pathway to High School in Canada!

Sterling College has partnered with Online Learning Canada to provide students the opportunity to work towards their BC High School graduation credits before leaving home. These courses include English as a Second Language (ESL), “Going to Canada” and grades 10, 11 and 12 academic courses. See our Online High School Courses page for more information.

Summer Vacation English or Power English or Academic English
+ Online high school courses
+ Homestay
+ Teen Support

Improve your English, make friends in Victoria, experience life with a Canadian family, visit your new high school, earn more high school credits, and meet Namiko - your Teen Support Coordinator!

One or more semesters of high school
+ Homestay
+ Teen Support

Experience life as a BC high school student, either for a semester, or right through to graduating with a BC Dogwood Certificate. Your BC Dogwood Certificate is the key to a college or university education in Canada.


All Sterling College students may join our activity program. Activities are offered twice a week (or five times a week for the Summer, Easter and Christmas programs). We offer great sightseeing, sports and social activities for students. These activities are offered at minimum cost to help students make friends, see more of Victoria and use their English in natural situations.

Examples of Sterling College activities include: whalewatching, dragonboating, tours of sightseeing attractions, Fondue/Halloween/ Thanksgiving/Christmas parties, sports such as volleyball, soccer, badminton, laser tag.

An activity schedule is posted here and at the school, and students can register directly at Reception.

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